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Gig Guide - Starting Friday the 30th of November, 2012

Hey,

A totally happening gig guide this week - especially on Friday when a veritable smörgåsbord of quality gigs is coming our way.

It starts off with an exclusive gig by the elusive Krom who will play a number of songs to celebrate the launch of a new book Phnom Penh Noir . This event will also feature talks by Roland Joffe (director of The Killing Fields) and international author Christopher G. Moore plus others. It happens at the FCC Phnom Penh on Friday but you will need to find a way to get an invite. We have some invites here - so you can contact Leng Pleng if you'd like to join the event. Also, check out Krom's latest video below. It is a haunting traditional Cambodian song which was written shortly after the downfall of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime and the liberation of Phnom Penh in 1979.:


A new venue, the Opera Cafe, is inviting musicians to participate in their Friday night Jazz Jam session. Could be quite cool and worth a look. They are situated on the corner of Streets 13 and 178.

Also this week look for the international Jimi Hendrix tribute band known as Play Like Jimi as they start their Cambodian tour. The band will open their tour at Memphis Pub tonight (Friday) and continue on to Sharkys on Saturday followed by gigs in Siem Reap (X-Bar and The Warehouse) and Sihanoukville (The Led Zephyr). They are a blues-rock band that play classic riffs from the blues-rock era of 40 years ago. They are fronted by full-on blues-rock guitarist Niki Buzz who was stated by Curtis Knight (whom purportedly discovered Jimi Hendrix) as the best guitarist that he had performed with since Jimi Hendrix. Check out this video of Niki Buzz here:


See the band's web site here - http://playlikejimi.com/

The Grass Snake Union are playing in Kampot tonight at the Bodhi Villa. Definitely worth getting to - chilled and right on the river. On Saturday in Kampot you can travel up river a little bit and catch Balgass at The Greenhouse. A totally great way to spend the weekend.

Equinox have two special gigs on this weekend. On Friday they host a Canadian band that originate from Argentina known as Rio Samay. The band will play a range of gypsy-style flamenco and rumba dance tunes. A taste of which is shown below:


On Saturday, the venue will host Auric Eyes. Auric Eyes is a rock band of four members from four different countries, playing original songs and fusing different musical genres such as rock, indie rock, blues, folk, Irish folk and African percussion. The members first met in New Zealand while travelling and busking, and later the band was formed in Brisbane, Australia. They've been in Cambodia for a few weeks now (mainly Siem Reap so far) and are planning to stick around for a few more months. Cool!

There are some cool gigs happening in Siem Reap this weekend too with DJs Tom Tom and Bubble at the X-Bar on Friday night and then the Cambodian Space Project playing at the Asana Wooden House on Saturday night. Also catch saxophonist Steve Cadd and DJ Martin Dinsdale at The Dohgouse later that same night.

Also make sure to get down to see the latest in a series of totally and outrageously fun gigs performed by Up To You Mango at the Riverhouse Bar & Bistro on Wednesday nights. They are in the midst of a campaign run in raising awareness for their NGO. The bio of the NGO from James Speck looks like this:

"Also of interest.....we are now the OFFICIAL band for the new NGO called "StinkY" which is "Save Tarantulas in Kampong Cham You!". The objective is to stop the trafficking and exploitation of underage spiders. To do this we will be raising awareness (the more money you give the more awareness we raise) and we are raising money for a deluxe Lexus SUV and for a soon to be built Italian villa in Kep. where we will set the spiders free in their own air conditioned workshop. In the interest of the best use of funds...we pledge to only bet on "Lucky Number 8 (in Honor of the spiders 8 legs) in Naga World casino. Again...the more money you give ...the more awareness we raise. This is a must-give-all-your-cash-too NGO!!! Stop by on Wednesday night at Riverhouse and GIVE!" .

Sounds like a worthy cause to me.

 
Also, news in that Dengue Fever have now created their own record label and will make available a series of re-releases. The band writes - "The first two digital releases will include the long out-of-print Eponymous 2003 Debut and the 2005 follow-up Escape from the Dragon House - which features rare  and previously unreleased tracks from band's archive". Cool!

Other gigs of note include Sugar Daddy who will play at Sharkys on Friday night. Also look for Musikero as they return to Paddy Rice.

Coming up is the Cambodian Space Project's 3rd birthday party gig at the FCC Phnom Penh. A special gig that will also feature Chugge Khan. Also the Sapbai Hanukkah Klezmer Band at Equinox and the return of Durian at the same venue.

From Ted and I here in the back streets of Phnom Penh, have a great weekend, be cool with each other and see you around the traps. Here's this week's gig guide.
 

Latest Gigs

Thursday 29-Nov-2012
  • 8:30 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The 1961 in Siem Reap
Friday 30-Nov-2012
  • 7:30 PM ~ Krom at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ DTonn, DJ Matoo and DJ Nicko at The Silk Garden in Siem Reap
  • 8:30 PM ~ Jazz Jam at Opera Cafe
  • 8:30 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson, Barry Speirs, Ritchy Boisson and Thomas Willenbucher at Elyxir
  • 9:00 PM ~ Musikero at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Cornel at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sugar Daddy at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Grass Snake Union at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rio Samay * at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ Play Like Jimi * at The Memphis Pub
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Bubble and DJ Tom Tom at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
Saturday 1-Dec-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ Auric Eyes at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Play Like Jimi * at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Balgass at The GreenHouse in Kampot
  • 10:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at Asana Wooden House in Siem Reap
  • 10:00 PM ~ Steve Cadd and DJ Martin Dinsdale at The DogHouse in Siem Reap
Coming Up
  • Durian at Equinox 
  • The Cambodian Space Project and Chugge Khan * at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Balgass at The FCC Phnom Penh , Le Jardin 
  • Play Like Jimi * at The X-Bar in Siem Reap , The Warehouse in Siem Reap , The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville  
  • Sapbai Hanukkah Klezmer Band at Equinox 
  • Sugar Daddy at Paddy Rice 
  • DJ Bassbender, Dub Addiction and DJ BBoy Peanut at The Eighty8 
  • Open Mic Night at Blitz 

Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 22nd of November, 2012


Latest Gigs

Thursday 22-Nov-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ DSN and DJ Io at MetaHouse
Friday 23-Nov-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ 2 Shots and a Chaser at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Moodydann at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rise Up 2 at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Anti-Fate and Shambollic69 at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Electric Yard Dogs * at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ D’Zier, DJ Helen and DJ Dynomite at Nova
Saturday 24-Nov-2012
  • 4:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T at The Phnom Penh Railway Station
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Mayor Taylor * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Hydrophonics, DJ Tech 12 and Mr. Shadow at Pontoon
  • 9:00 PM ~ Auric Eyes at The Empire
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Electric Yard Dogs * at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Brentus JP at The Red Orchid
  • 9:00 PM ~ Warapo at The FCC Phnom Penh
Sunday 25-Nov-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ Alan Dean at Paddy Rice
Coming Up
  • Play Like Jimi * at The Memphis Pub , Sharkys , The Warehouse in Siem Reap , The X-Bar in Siem Reap and The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville 
  • Durian at Equinox 
  • The Cambodian Space Project and Chugge Khan * at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Asana Wooden House in Siem Reap 
  • Balgass at The FCC Phnom Penh , Le Jardin 
  • The Grass Snake Union at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot 
  • DJ Cornel at MetaHouse 
  • Open Mic Night at Blitz 

Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 15th of November, 2012

Hey,

Totally packed music-wise this weekend. A total of 22 gigs spread over 4 days. Totally cool.

The revamped Phnom Penh Hippie Swingers will open a brand new venue on Street 13 (cnr. 178) called the Opera Cafe. Phil has returned from France to join back up with Ritchy and the duo will be playing a couple of gigs this weekend. The most auspicious of which may be at the VIP lounge at the Beeline Arena on the Chroy Changva peninsular. Their gig will be preceded by an international boxing bout and a concert by a 6-piece Brazilian percussion ensemble called Batucada. That gig happens on Friday. Cool! The MetaHouse and the Riverhouse Lounge are hosting international DJs this Friday with DJ Matt Richardson at the former and DJs Double Tapo Beat Boxer at the Lounge.

A very special gig will be hosted by Kosal Kiev this weekend at both the Java Cafe and a new venue (at least to Leng Pleng) called Show Box. Kosal Kiev aims to show young Khmers in prison a better way to live life through the use of music, poetry and the performing arts. He will be using his own experiences to enable this as well as the great sounds and moves emanating from a host of performers - including Amanda Bloom, Pou Klaing, DJ Peanut, Gobeshite and the Tiny Toones dancers. The gig will raise funds to allow the performer to bring these ideas into the prisons of Cambodia.

On Saturday Dub Addiction will finally return to the stage at Equinox. One of the best bands in the country - no doubt. Get to see them and the packed house at Equinox. Saturday also sees the maligned Bum N Draze launch their latest album The launch will happen at MetaHouse earlier in the evening and then the band will take their performance to Sharkys where the totally great sound from this three-piece hard core rock band extoll the virtues of the new album.

Also this Saturday tune your TV in to CTN at around 7:30PM to see the debut of the band called Krom. The broadcast will include an interview with Krom vocalist Sophea Chamroeun followed by a live performance of 3 songs from the recently released debut album Krom - Songs from the Noir

Other gigs of note include the return of Luna Negra at the FCC Phnom Penh on Saturday night as well as a packed 6-band night of punk at Sharkys on Friday night. Also don't miss Up 2 U Mango featuring Greg Lavender on drums who now play a regular gig every Wednesday at the Riverhouse Bar & Bistro.

Coming up look for the Cambodian Space Project as they team up with Rajesthani gypsy Chugge Khan. Should be a totally excellent show. Check out this video:


Also a couple of tracks made available from DJ Matt Ricahrdson who will appear at the MetaHouse this Friday.



From Ted and I here in the back streets of Phnom Penh, have a great weekend, be cool with each other and see you around the traps. Here's this week's gig guide.



Latest Gigs

Thursday 15-Nov-2012
  • 6:00 PM ~ Caberet Francophone at The Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Balgass at Equinox
  • 10:30 PM ~ The Schkoots at The Memphis Pub
Friday 16-Nov-2012
  • 7:00 PM ~ Amanda Bloom at The Java Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ The Phnom Penh Hippie Swingers at Opera Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil and Batucada * at The Beeline Arena VIP Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJs Double Tap Beat Boxer at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Matt Richardson * at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes, The Schkoots, Tango & Snatch, Shambollic69, Jaworski 7 and Four More Heroes at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Wisconsin Mango at Paddy Rice
  • 9:30 PM ~ Pou Klaing, DJ Peanut, Emcee Dolla, Gobeshite, Kosal Kiev and Tiny Toones at The Show Box
  • 11:00 PM ~ Rob Little and DJ Gang at Pontoon
Saturday 17-Nov-2012
  • 6:00 PM ~ Bum N Draze CD Release at MetaHouse
  • 6:30 PM ~ Amanda Bloom and Charlie Corrie at The Himawari
  • 7:00 PM ~ Samuel Day and Bun Hong at The ARTillery Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Krom at CTN
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ DTonn, DJ Matoo and DJ Nicko at The Silk Garden in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Luna Negra at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Brentus JP at The Red Orchid
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bum N Draze at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • 1:00 AM ~ DJ ND at Pontoon
Sunday 18-Nov-2012
  • 4:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T and DJ Funk Elastiks at Elyxir
Coming Up
  • The Lazy Drunks and Roger De La Paz at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville
  • Warapo at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Play Like Jimi * at The Memphis Pub 
  • Durian at Equinox 
  • The Cambodian Space Project and Chugge Khan * at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Hydrophonics, DJ Tech 12 and Mr. Shadow at Pontoon 
  • Rise Up 2 at Doors 

Gig Guide - Thursday the 8th of November, 2012

Hey,

I'm definitely not busy - I got passed busy about 4 days ago. Where I am at in terms of busy-ness there has not been a word in English yet defined. Always got time for the gig guide and the great music coming out of the bars, clubs and restaurants around Cambodia's major urban centers though ;o)

This week sees the return of everyone's favourite son - Scoddy. Fresh off the plane on a sojourn from the cooler climes of France, Scoddy will definitely delight you with his great acoustic renditions of originals and covers from ballads to rhythmy rock&roll. It will almost certainly be a packed house so get down there early. The performance starts at 6:00PM at Rubies Wine Bar.

Elyxir are now also catering to those who enjoy a nice wine, a swimming pool, a relaxing garden and some cool cool jazz. This week they will feature a great line-up featuring the vocals of Rhiannon Johnson. Look for Rhiannon soon too as she has now joined the new line-up of the Durian Funk Band and will play at Equinox early next month. Cool!

For something more rapid, dancey, and bluegrassy see the Grass Snake Union this weekend. Take your pick (or go both nights) as the band will be playing two gigs this weekend - Friday night at Paddy Rice and Saturday night at Equinox. Totally great night with these guys playing.

The Kampot Peppers play Sharkys on Friday. Totally great blues band these guys. Great laid-back rhythms with a totally untroubled feel. If you are in Kampot this weekend then get to the Naga House on Saturday night as the Kampot Playboys together with Rendezvous will be playing. Great atmosphere and right on the river.

If you are in Siem Reap and you like old-time rock & roll then you have got to be at the X-Bar on Friday night at 8:30PM. There is a a charity band called the A-Band touring south-east Asia  and one look at the flyer will tell you why you have got to be there.

Nothing swiped from the Internet this week in terms of videos or MP3s - my apologies. I will try to make up for it next week - but I can't see things slowing down yet.

From Ted and I here in the back streets of Phnom Penh, have a great weekend, be cool with each other and see you around the traps. Here's this week's gig guide.


Latest Gigs


Thursday 8-Nov-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Flo Trallala, DJ Wez-T and Greg Lavander at MetaHouse
Friday 9-Nov-2012
  • 6:00 PM ~ Scoddy at Rubies Wine Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson, Barry Speirs, Ritchy Boisson and Stephane Routier at Elyxir
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Grass Snake Union at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kampot Peppers at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Rudie and DJ Nick at MetaHouse
  • 1:00 AM ~ Nicola Vega at Pontoon
Saturday 10-Nov-2012
  • 5:00 PM ~ Steam Train Party at The Phnom Penh Railway Station
  • 7:00 PM ~ Balgass at The Red Apron
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Jimmy Salsa at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 8:30 PM ~ The A-Band * at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Grass Snake Union at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Sadge, The Kampot Playboys and Rendezvous at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 1:00 AM ~ DJ M1 * at Pontoon
Coming Up
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox 
  • The Lazy Drunks and Roger De La Paz at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville
  • Warapo at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Play Like Jimi * at The Memphis Pub 
  • Amanda Bloom at The Java Cafe 
  • Durian at Equinox 
  • Luna Negra at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • The Schkoots at The Memphis Pub 
  • Tango & Snatch at Sharkys 
  • DJ ND at Pontoon 
  • Pou Klaing, DJ Peanut, Emcee Dolla, Gobeshite, Kosal Kiev and Tiny Toones at The Show Box 

Gig Guide - Friday the 2nd of October, 2012

Hey, 

A short but sweet gig guide this weekend and plenty in the coming up section.

The Fumes appear at Sharkys this Friday as they are another venue hooking into the Halloween theme. On Saturday at the same venue you can catch the Kampot Playboys in action - cool! MetaHouse have a great couple of quality gigs on with the Belgian Beats on Friday and the Kimchi Collective on Saturday night. Expect a good quality gig this weekend at Equinox on Saturday night with the return of gypsy jazz ensemble of Balgass. Look for another gig in support of Tiny Toones with some great dancing and a collection of DJs and MCs from KlapYaHandz on Saturday at Pontoon. Also, a great place to drink beer and reminisce with the 80s to the 00s cover band Jaworski7 is at Paddy Rice on Friday. If wine is more your thing then the Red Apron on Saturday is what you are looking for, this week with a selection of jazz, crooner and bossa tunes. All-in-all a great variety of music which you can get into this weekend.

OK, now a few videos and MP3s plucked from various corners of cyberspace. If you have appreciated the collection of videos presented to you by Leng Pleng then you can see an auto-generated selection of some of them by You Tube anytime at http://www.youtube.com/blogs/lengpleng/videos.

Check out this totally great video from Dub Addiction. A great selection of scenes well put together by Amit Dubey of an original song by the band - very cool!


The Cambodian Space Project performed a song last weekend at Equinox called The Boat. This song is to be released on an album of songs by various artists from around the world playing together with prominent Australian performers. The Cambodian Space Project song is done in collaboration with Paul Kelly, who, for his compatriots, is one of the most appreciated of all Australian singer-songwriters. The song can be listened to with the link below.


Check out this song from the archives. A totally great band from late 60s and early 70s called Thrakha with some of the most of prominent of the surviving members still playing around Phnom Penh (more on that in coming weeks). Thanks to Mike Kraus and Julien Poulson for putting us onto them with this song.


Mark Chattaway of the Kampot Playboys is celebrating the birth of his first born son this week. Just the start of a new and great adventure Mark - total congratulations from all of us here at Leng Pleng.

From Ted and I here in the back streets of Phnom Penh, have a great weekend, be cool with each other and see you around the traps. Here's this week's gig guide.

Latest Gigs

Thursday 1-Nov-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski at Art Deli in Siem Reap
Friday 2-Nov-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Sharkys
  • 10:00 PM ~ Belgian Beats at MetaHouse
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Bubble and DJ Tom Tom at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
Saturday 3-Nov-2012
  • 7:00 PM ~ Barry Speirs, Ritchy Boisson and Luis Arambarri at The Red Apron
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ KlapYaHandz and Tiny Toones at Pontoon
  • 9:00 PM ~ Balgass at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Dan Beck and DJ Balaton & BFox at MetaHouse
Coming Up
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox 
  • The Grass Snake Union at Equinox 
  • The Lazy Drunks and Roger De La Paz at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville
  • DJ Jimmy Salsa at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Luna Negra at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Warapo at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Play Like Jimi * at The Memphis Pub 
  • DJ Flo Trallala, DJ Wez-T and Greg Lavander at MetaHouse 

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